SPEAKING OF A GAP
CAN CAUSE DOUBLES

PERIFERIC 8
BIENNIAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
ART AS GIFT
IASI ROMANIA
Curated by Dora Hegyi

A project by Ingela Johansson, Inga Zimprich.
With Sönke Hallmann
With further contributions by
Octavian Esanu, Leonid Vojtsechov,
Nikita Kadan




Within the current phase of the CCCK project we have come to focus on those procedures of managing art inherent to the SCCA and their normative influence on artistic production. The development of curatorial concepts, annual exhibitions, publications and art management training mark a professionalisation of the arts sector in several countries of Soros activity. Next to establishing artist documentation, fostering local audiences and artistic production, the circulation of its products amongst the SCCA network and international presentations have been part of the SCCA's uniform mission.

With this also politically connoted set of relations embodied by the Soros Centers of Contemporary Art we may ask to what extent the restructuring of the field of visual arts influences what we would term here as 'social' or 'cultural literacy'. 'Literacy' in this sense could refer to our culture's ability to relate to the recent past, as much as its culture of memory, or its possibilities of critique and expression. Within the system of showing and exhibiting we comply with the complex rules that determine that which may eventually gain visibility and appear as readable cultural text. Within the contemporary art centre or museum, and making use of the Soros Art Centers network as an exemplar, we are able to watch the institution's own progressive writing.

Aiming to address that language at work in the contemporary art institution, its administrative procedures and logics such as that of exchange, archiving and documentation, it was however unforeseen how much our focus would apply to our own articulation as artists. In Speaking of a gap can cause doubles we have withdrawn from the idea to represent one or several Soros Art Centers and their productions. Instead we aim to assemble a series of gestures which amongst each other might unfold a space inviting further enquiry into the modes of institutionalisation.









Projection
Leonid Vojtsechov Straight Speech
Photo series, Odessa 1984.
More information about Leonid Vojtsechov (in Russian)


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Publication 1000 copies
The Transition of Soros Centers
to Contemporary Art:
the managed avant-garde
written by Octavian Esanu
Design of the publication
by Kateryna Svirgunenko
Printed in Iasi







Video on TV monitor
Reading a double book
Dummy of the upcoming publication of the
Department of Reading.
Designed by Paul Gangloff.






Postcard. 500 copies
Announcement Texts waiting for history -
excerpting Heiner Müller.
Staged event by Sönke Hallmann,
Department of Reading.



Audiotrack on loudspeakers
Interview with Octavian Esanu about the publication
"Unfortunately last Sunday afternoon somebody left the door open...
And Knut's mountain bike has been stolen".

(Editors: Octavian Esanu, Franziska Lesák,
Giselle de Oliveira Macedo.
Jan van Eyck Academie. 2000)






THANKS
Ingela Johansson and Inga Zimprich
would like to thank in

ODESA
Miroslav Kulshitzky, Leonid Vojtsechov,
Larisa Osipenko, Lyudmila Khersonskaya,


CHISINAU
K:SAK Centrul Pentru Arta Contemporana
Octavian Esanu, Lilia Dragneva
Stefan Rusu

IASI
Periferic 8 team, Dora Hegyi,
Matei Bejenaru, Zsuzsa Laslo,
Catalin Gheorghe and others

SOFIA
Interspace
Margarita Dorovska

KYIV
Kateryna Svirgunenko, CCA Kyiv
Yuliya Vaganova, Group R.E.P.



SPEAKING OF A GAP
CAN CAUSE DOUBLES
has been realized with the support of
IASPIS International Artists
Studio Program In Sweden
and ERSTE Foundation













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